About the Book:
He’s not who he says he is. Then again, neither is she.
Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor. Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed grad student.
Together, they are driving south from New York for their first vacation: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city.
Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights—and the chance to get to know each other better, away from prying eyes.
It should be a perfect romantic getaway for two. But when a snowstorm strands them in the house, each realizes the other harbors a dangerous secret—and soon it becomes clear one of them won’t escape the weekend alive.
By turns tantalizing, surprising, and thrilling, Nobody But Us heralds the arrival of an incredibly talented author of literary suspense.
What a powerful psychological thriller! I could not put this one down. Very powerful message.
”Three days. Seventy-two hours, 4,320 minutes of us with nowhere to hide from each other.”
Steven and Ellie are going away together for a romantic weekend at a secluded spot on the Maryland shore. Only the two of them at a huge house on a weekend of a very strong snowstorm. The author grabbed me immediately with her wonderfully descriptive writing. The synopsis said only one of them would emerge from the weekend alive, but how was that going to happen?
Steven is a handsome, sophisticated professor of literature and much older than Ellie, a beautiful graduate student. Slowly we learn that Steven has left a trail of broken hearts and broken girls behind him. He is drawn to Ellie’s beauty, kindness and intellect. He sees her as an innocent.
Ellie has planned the entire weekend as a romantic getaway for her and Steven. Ellie is both alluring and innocent, and Steven seems ready to give up his immoral ways for Ellie.
“Apparently, you don’t really know someone until you’ve gone away with them. Where did I read that? What will I learn about Steven this weekend that I don’t already know?”
Steven has grown up in the shadow of his famous writer father and resents his success. They had a very difficult relationship, but Steven can also be very callous and controlling.
”Everything is coming together. Work, his reputation. The beautiful girl waiting for him downstairs. People who say you can’t have it all just don’t work at it hard enough.”
Some readers have complained about the slow plot development but I absolutely loved the gradual and deliberate way in which the characters were developed. I felt fully connected to them and completely invested in their actions. I also really liked the spice factor in the story!
This is a spoiler-free review so suffice it to say I adored the inventive plot and the very shocking conclusion. This highly addictive thriller would make a fabulous limited series and for my casting, I think David Gandy would make a perfect Steven and Daisy Edgar-Jones IS Ellie!
The only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is because of the tiny slip-ups with the use of British/European phrases. This book had a professional editor so there’s no excuse for that. Otherwise I highly recommend this one!
”People can develop a selective blindness to what they do not want to see, spinning stories to distract from what’s in front of them.”